Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 1000 ml
Speyside Single Pot Still Malt Whisky
Added on
21 Aug 2007 7:11 pm

Average value

€ 38.84

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513 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Elgin 12-year-old

80 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.27 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, my secret favorite among the classic malts, often underestimated or overlooked, for 30 € he was a bargain, 35-40 are still fair.
    • Nose
      sweet, caramel, marzipan, honey, with oranges, dried figs / apricots, raisins, fruit cake
    • Taste
      malty sweetness, honey, white coffee, sweetened canned fruits, mild spicy (pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon - but only very soft), dry mouthfeel
    • Finish
      medium long, strong, dark chocolate, pepper

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Interesting whisky, the main player here is certainly aroma, it is he who sets and develops the main theme, the rehash of which, in one way or another, is repeated in taste and aftertaste.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, dry herbs, boards, honey-floral shades, a lemon slice in tea, some tart mineral notes - dry plaster, stone dust; sweet candy motifs, freshly cut grass, gouache-like paints, watercolors - not oil; some oil deep-frying shades of textiles - tarpaulin, canvas; subtle tones of plastic and detergents; overall very harmonious.
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, old wood, old books, varnish, dry herbs, candies, lemon peel, floral-honey notes, some industrial motifs - textiles, oil; tobacco, old leather goods.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, oak, lemon slice in tea, industrial textiles, paints, coated tablets, old leather goods, a little ginger.

  3. dinclas scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A decent dram for me, sadly the price is rising but still good value. The best thing for this one is the combination of sweetness and spicy taste, not flat
    • Nose
      84 84
      Honey, summer flowers, apples, ginger
    • Taste
      85 85
      very sweet, apples and almond comes first, then honey with a little bitter taste, followed by ginger and citrus, spicy beneath tongue, great complexity for a young one
    • Finish
      83 83
      short-medium, oak, a bit drier than taste, a hint of citrus peel

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Notes half way through the bottle some 5 months since opening it:

    Nose: red fruit compote, white and milk chocolate, sultana raisins, honey, caramel, mint, slight aniseed and a whiff of cinnamon.

    Taste: a light to medium body with dried fruits, clear chocolate, a sligthy bitter wood note and some green herbal spicyness.

    Finish: not that long but pleasant with again the dried fruits, cocoa, coffeebitter and a little nutmeg.

    A very decent mildly sherried bottling. Actually quite pleasant, but lacking somewhat in depth and complexity. Still available for around the €30 mark in NL, which is good value for money.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It is a good decent, affordable standard whisky that gives you a certain kind of complexity despite the "lightness" of the dram, It is both easy accessible and demanding at the same time, a bit like the quantum physics thought experiment "Schrodinger's cat". I call this "Schrodinger's dram".

    (Rating interval 81-85)
    • Nose
      Fresh floral note initially, subtle spices (cinnamon and powdered ginger), green apple, soft oak, barley sugar, bitter orange marmalade and kiwi fruit.
    • Taste
      It is a clean arrival with apple and bitter honey, more spices as it develops on the tongue (black pepper in particular), still apple, pear and very crisp character.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite light and grainy (could be a blend in my opinion) with some sour unripe fruit, goose berries or kiwi, mild pepper and diluted apple cider vinegar.

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    with a few years longer in the barrel determined very interesting, for a 12 very complex
    • Nose
      Floral, ginger, rose water, cardamom, chai, dates filled with marzipan, oriental
    • Taste
      Plums, hints of Met u. very subtle sherry (?), very spicy, nuts
    • Finish
      dry and medium long

  7. EmilioG77 scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Good whisky, with very interesting notes, very good on the nose and I love the color although artificial.
    Excellent price-quality ratio.
    • Nose
      86 86
      On the nose it feels chocolate, honey, vanilla, caramel, fruit.
    • Taste
      85 85
      In the mouth it is a little spicy, it feels chocolate, malt, a little citric, fruity.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The end seems short, dry and quite spicy.

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. valery77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Red apple, vanilla notes, fresh wood, sweet pastries, creamy fudge. 21
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately sweet. Slightly watery. Red apple, black pepper, ascorbic acid, wood tannins, malt motifs, fruit candies, apricot jam, herbal bitterness, cardboard dust. 21
    • Finish
      Between short and medium in length, smoothly fading, tannin, slightly astringent. twenty
      Not very complex, but tasty and very strong whisky, ideal for every day. Balance 22.
      Total 84

  10. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: linden honey, vanilla, freshly sawn board, seasonal apples, some bitterness.
    Taste: watery, bitterness, wood, vanilla, a little honey, green apple, hay.
    Finish: short, bitterness again, then a tree, apples, and a little pepper.
    Conclusion: simple whisky, sweetness does not prevail. The water simply muffles the aroma, but more bitterness appears in the taste. I would not take another Central Bank.


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